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WorkPride Travelling as LGBTQ+ in 2021: Challenges and Opportunities


While countries across the globe are still threatened and concerned by COVID-19, the pause of international travel is still being upheld in many locations across the globe. This panel aims to discuss the future of travel for the LGBTQ+ community in these unprecedented times. 


Some of the topics of the panel will include safety recommendations for LGBTQ+ travellers and how to obtain support if you are an LGBTQ+ traveller. Further discussion will include new regulations for travelling during the pandemic, adapting travel according to the regulations and the impact of travel restrictions on the queer community.


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Speakers:

  • Amon Versteeg
    Amon Versteeg
    Senior Director - Business Marketing
    Booking.com
    Hi there, I am a Senior strategic marketing leader for Global B2B Marketing Communications and Global Sponsorship & Events porfolio of booking.com. I am responsible for delivering results through building and nurturing marketing programs that achieve high engagement levels and commercial results for a wide range of stakeholders. As the executive leader of Travel Proud, I have worked on a cross functional program to deliver a global inclusive hospitality, certification & recognition program. In my role, I have founded the creation and nurturing of Click by Booking.com - our global annual partner event that reaches over 10k senior travel executives globally. My role allows me to authentically lead over 40 marketing professionals directly and many more cross functionally and I actively work to turbo charge their growth & development to lead and deliver the many marketing programs we have running each year.
  • Rakesh Duan
    Rakesh Duan
    Process Excellence Specialist
    Finastra Limited
    I work as a Process Excellence Specialist in HR at Finastra. I have an experience of five years in working with HR Operations processes. I have an MBA in General Management from IIT Kharagpur. I am also interested in activities in the D&I space. I am a part of the Steering Committee of the LGBTQ&Friends ERG at Finastra.
  • Scott Wismont, CTA
    Scott Wismont, CTA
    President & Sr Travel Advisor
    Rainbow Getaways
    I proudly help travelers of the LGBTQ community (and our allies) research, plan, and book incredible vacations where you feel confident and comfortable to enjoy and explore your destination.
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    Dax Alexander (he/him)
    Dax Alexander (he/him)
    Senior Director
    Tag
    Over 20 years in marketing and advertising and a solid track record of helping global brands create and deliver engaging and compelling content. Have provided consultancy services to a variety of agency functions, including photography, copywriting, content development, technology, design, and production, in ways that improve quality, compress time to market, and enhance brand experience.
  • Alex Brown
    Alex Brown
    Global Manager, Recruitment Marketing
    Booking.com
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